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April 2017
Special Minority Health Month  Edition 
National Minority Health Month 2017
"Bridging Health Equity Across Communities" is the theme for National Minority Health Month 2017. The theme emphasizes the collaborative, community-level work being done to achieve health equity. During the National Minority Health Month 2017, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will highlight community initiatives that are addressing the indirect conditions that affect health. The HHS OMH is working with their partners to raise awareness about what is being done to address the social and structural factors that give rise to health disparities. 

Throughout Minority Health Month 2017, HPRC, the 
HH S Mid -Atla nt ic Health Equity Council (R HEC II I ), and  othe r  federal partners are collaborating to promote the impor ta nt work the HPRC team and our regional partners are doing to elimina te health disparities. 

Eliseo J. Perez-Stable, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Coming soon!  During the month of April, HPRC will launch its YouTube series C onversations on Health Equity, a new public policy video series exploring major issues and interventions in the health equity movement. The first video to be released is an interview with  Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., Director of the  National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). 

Other prominent guests in the series include:  

  • Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management GWU Milken Institute of Public Health
  • Vivian Pinn, MD, Founding Director (Retired), Office of Research on Women's Health, NIH
  • Leana S. Wen, M.D., M.Sc., Health Commissioner, Baltimore City Health Department
  • Elmer Huerta, M.D., Founder and President, Prevención, Inc.; past-president, American Cancer Society
  • Willarda Edwards, M.D., M.B.A., Medical Officer, Health Policy Research Consortium; past-president, National Medical Association.                                                                            
Throughout Minority Health Month, we will disseminate other hidden gems of information in the HPRC portfolio, including:
  • a mobile app that promotes health living and civic engagement,
  • a new Baltimore-based study that explores ways to teach community members and other stakeholders about health policy and the social determinants of health,
  • a new Prince Georges County study that investigates the food, built, and social (FBS) environment and its impact on cardiovascular disease,
  • and the full 9-month guest schedule for Conversations on Health Equity. 
Click  here   to stay abreast of HPRC's partnered activities for Minority Health Month 2017.
Health In All Policies Spring Policy Forum
Byron Sogie-Thomas, HPRC's Deputy Director, Health Policy Research and Analysis

At the Spring Policy Forum on March 29, 2017, HPRC's Deputy Director, Health Policy Research and Analysis, Byron Sogie-Thomas, spoke about health policy literacy. Convened at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Student Center at Delaware State University (DSU), the focus of the HPRC-sponsored forum was 'Health in all policies.' The forum - titled Health Policy Literacy: What You Know Could Make You Healthier - explored public understanding of the social, economic, and political determinants of health, including public health infrastructure, urban planning, transportation, and water quality. Speakers included Erica Taylor, Ph.D., Chairperson, Department of Public and Allied Health Sciences at DSU; Karyl Thomas Rattay, M.D., M.S., Director, Division of Health, Delaware Health and Social Services; James Wilson, Executive Director, Bike Delaware; Mary Ellen Gray, AICP, Assistant Director, Kent County Department of Planning Services; and Gulnihal Ozbat, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Specialist in Natural Resources, Delaware State University. Illuminating the importance of "health policy literacy" for approximately 80 attendees, the speakers connected the dots between policies and health outcomes, and the role citizen engagement plays in influencing the policy making process.  

Upcoming Policy Forum on The Changing Climate: En vironmental, Political & Social

On  April 20, 2017, HPRC an d the Morga n State University (MSU) School of Community Health and Policy are co-convening a policy forum on "The Changing Cli mate (Environmental, Political, Social)"at the Earl Graves School of Business and Management Atrium, MSU, Baltimore, Maryland; The all-day event will run from 12:00-7:00 p.m., with HPRC's presentation, " Multi-Dimensional Climate Literacy and Civic Engagement: Supporting Healthy Co mmunities"  fro m 12:00-2:00 p.m. Click here to register.

Where You Live Matters: Good News Only for the Wealthiest Counties

The 2016 County Health Rankings report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute shows health disparities continue to exist between Maryland's wealthiest counties and its poorest. The report provides clear evidence that where people live matters: residents of wealthy counties live longer and experience a higher quality of life than people living in the poorest counties despite improvements in the number of people who have health insurance and more access to primary care. The findings in the County Health Rankings report are based on several factors including clinical care, physical environment, health behaviors, as well as socio-economic factors.
Learn more here .

T reatment Gaps Between Low- and High-Income Earners

Insurance plays a crucial role in facilitating access to needed health care. A study published in Health Affairs reveals low-wage earners with job-based health insurance are significantly less likely to use preventive care and are more than three times more likely to use emergency department than high-income earners. People with an annual income of $30,000, or less, are also more than four times more likely than people with incomes of $70,000, or more, to be admitted to the hospital for conditions that are avoidable with preventative care. The study reviewed the 2014 health care claims, wage information and other data of roughly 43,000 workers at four employers. The study offers important insights on job-related health care utilization patterns. For policymakers, the study can help inform new strategies for designing employer benefit plans and for setting future research priorities. Learn more here.

HHS Office of Minority Health #Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall

As part of the 2017 observance, HHS OMH is hosting #Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall , at 1:00 p.m., on April 12. The Town Hall will include examples of community-based efforts that address health disparities. Organizations are also encouraged to support efforts to reduce health disparities by participating in HHS OMH Health Equity Thunderclap on Friday, April 28, at 1:00 p.m.

Events Calendar

WHAT: Howard University: Health Disparities Research Summit 2017
WHEN: April 7, 2017, 8:30 A.M. to 3:00 PM
WHERE: Howard University Interdisciplinary Research Bldg., 2201 Georgia Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20001.
Click  here for additional information.  Registration is full. Waitlist is available.

WHAT: 2017 Minority Health Fair 
WHEN: April  8, 2017, 9:30 A.M.-2:00 P.M.
WHERE: Trinity United Health Methodist Church, 703 W Patrick Street , Frederick, Maryland 21701
Click here for additional information.

WHAT: 2nd Annual TCC Health Policy Research Summit 2017
WHEN:  May 4, 2017, 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
WHERE: Morehouse School of Medicine, 720 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310
Click here for additional information.
WHENMay 3-6, 2017, 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
WHERE:  JW Marriot, 614 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Click here for additional information.  

Please feel free to contact the HPRC Team at 301.375.2021 with any questions.

Thank you,

The Health Policy Research Consortium

HPRC, a CTIS Inc. division, is supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health under award number #1U54MD008608-01. This content does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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